What an awesome time in Detroit the other day! It has been a while since I’ve seen Black Pistol Fire live – the last time was in Toronto last June, so I had really been looking forward to seeing them again as it felt like it had been such a long time.
I woke up Friday morning and worked from 7am-1pm. Then I hit the road, Detroit is about 4 hours and 15 minutes from where I work. Driving to Detroit from the Buffalo NY area is quickest when driving through Canada so the trip requires 2 border crossings, into and out of Canada. Luckily there wasn’t much of a wait at either border. When I got into Detroit, my first stop was at Seva Detroit for food. It was so good. I was starving when I got there and the food really hit the spot. I was happy to cross another restaurant off of my list.
I then headed over to Saint Andrews Hall for the show. The show was at The Shelter which is a venue in the basement of Saint Andrews Hall. It is a nice intimate venue with a capacity of 400. When I got to the show I met up with a few people that I have met just from going to concerts and I also met a couple of new people that my friends knew. I met a couple from London Ontario Canada who are also huge concert travelers, even more so than me it seems. I wasn’t even sure if that was possible, but I think they may have me beat. It is always so nice to connect with others who are living this same lifestyle and share in this passion for live music. We realized there were a few other shows that we both had been at, but just hadn’t met yet. With them living in London, Ontario, our travel routes kind of coincide and I’m sure we will definitely be meeting up at more shows!
Up first at this show was Emily Wolfe. I had checked out their music recently when I saw they were playing the show and it is good stuff. I’d classify them as a blues rock band. They were fantastic live, they really got everyone pumped up for the show.
Up next was Black Pistol Fire. I was excited that a couple of my concert friends had never seen them live before and so I was going to be able to experience their very first Black Pistol Fire show with them. Black Pistol Fire always puts on a great show because they really get the crowd involved. Kevin plays the guitar right in your face, he comes out into the middle of the crowd and plays. He just doesn’t stop moving and jumping around. The energy the band gives off is incredible.
At one point during the show, Kevin was playing as he walked through the crowd and made his way to the bar. He got up on top of the bar and took a shot and continued to play. Everyone went nuts. It was so much fun.
This show was actually the most tame that I’ve seen this band and it was still an awesome time. My friends and I hung around after the show for a while so we could chat with the guys from Black Pistol Fire. They are super nice guys and usually easy to catch up with after their shows. Eric was telling me that they are going to be playing in Toronto next October or November so I’ll definitely be looking out for that show!
I can’t remember when exactly I headed out but my plan was to drive back to Buffalo after the show and since I was all pumped up from the show and the redbull that I had beforehand, I was good to make the 4+ hour trek home. I don’t drink caffeine ever so a redbull keeps me awake for an extremely long time. On the way home I stopped in London Ontario, which is about the halfway point from Detroit to Buffalo. There is this 100% vegan fast food restaurant there called Globally Local, that is absolutely amazing. It is one of my favorite vegan places. I always stop there on road trips to Detroit. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m more looking forward to, the show or the food I’m going to eat.
I got home and I think it was close to 4am – which means I had been up for 22 hours at that point and it still took me a good bit of time to get relaxed and fall asleep. I have many friends that think I’m insane for doing things like this, but it is just another typical day as a concert traveler. What a day, such an adventure and so much fun!!